Blue Square Premier: Welling United 5 Forest Green 2
11:38am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
TEN-MAN Forest Green slipped to their second defeat of the season in a seven-goal rollercoaster of a game at Park View Road against Skrill Premier new boys Welling, writes Richard Joyce.
A wet evening in south east London saw David Hockaday’s side make their first visit to the Wings’ home in 14 years, desperate to continue the good form that had seen them secure a place in the division’s top three.
But despite Anthony Barry and Yan Kluokwski’s success in front of goal, which had brought Rovers level having conceded twice in the first 20 minutes, Dale Bennett’s sending off midway through the second-half would prove crucial, as the home side swept to victory to halt the visitors’ five game unbeaten run.
Marcus Kelly’s inclusion in the starting eleven on return from injury was a boost, although he would hobble off after just half an hour, by which time the hosts had sealed a two-goal lead.
Eddie Oshodi was unfortunate to put through his own net after Danny Wright had almost put Forest Green ahead and Loick Pires stabbed home from close range in an awful opening that put Rovers severely on the back foot.
Nevertheless after Sam Russell had denied Kurtis Guthrie with an excellent save five minutes before the interval, Barry, who had struck the all-important stoppage time winner against Halifax at the weekend, was at it again to hand his side a lifeline.
The midfielder tucked inside brilliantly and unleashed a thunderous effort on goal which gave Rovers a route back into the game just before the break.
And after Matthew Barnes-Homer and Jamie Turley had failed to hit the target at the start of the second-half, Rovers were level from the penalty spot on the hour mark.
James Norwood’s ball into the box was handled by Welling defender Jack Obersteller and Klukowski stepped up to confidently despatch the resultant spot kick past Lee Butcher to put Rovers on level terms.
It would not last long however as just two minutes later Bennett received his marching orders for a last ditch foul and Ross Lafayette stepped up to stroke the hosts back in front from 12 yards.
The drama continued as Welling restored their two goal-lead. Lee Clarke capitalised on some further questionable defending as Rovers looked dead and buried.
Montserrat international Alex Dyer inflicted some further late pain on the visitors when his solo run ended with an unstoppable bottom corner finish ten minutes from time.
Welling: Butcher, Obersteller, Franks, Fazakerley, Berqvrst (Pires 17), Jalladeher, Clarke, Dyer, Healy, Guthrie (Webb 90), Lafayette (Hughes-Mason 87). Subs not used: Turners.
FGR: Russell, Bennett, Hodgkiss, Oshodi, Turley, Bangura, Kelly (Klukowski 31, Racine 69), Barry, Norwood, Wright (Mangan 73), Barnes-Homer. Subs not used: Vieira, Taylor.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Plymouth).
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